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Bengal Bytes (10/22): No respect

Despite the Bengals 6-0 record heading into their bye, they still struggle to get respect. Big Ben could possibly start practicing this week. A look at the ridiculous rules the NFL has for uniforms, and the club everyone wants to be in.

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Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert does mean Cousin Eddie impression

Get to know Cincinnati Bengals' tight end Tyler Eifert, who is on a record TD-reception pace and who can pull off a mean Cousin Eddie impression.

How are Cincinnati Bengals below Arizona Cardinals in Power Rankings?

An elaborate new formula is responsible for the undefeated Bengals landing below the 4-2 Cardinals in ESPN's Power Rankings.

The Bengals' case for No. 4 in the ESPN NFL Power Rankings

The undefeated Bengals remain at No. 5 in the Power Rankings. The 4-2 Cardinals, who lost Sunday, moved past them to No. 4.

Devon Still surprised league disciplining Cameron Heyward of Pittsburgh Steelers for eye-black messages

Devon Still says he's "surprised" Steelers DE Cameron Heyward could be subjected to fines for a series of eye-black messages, one year after Still was allowed to do the same.

Bengals notes: Hewitt's skills expanding, Hill still searching

A year ago, an undrafted rookie out of Stanford became the leading edge of a powerful running game for the Cincinnati Bengals, when Ryan Hewitt – who helped Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor rush for over 1,500 yards in 2012 – opened holes for Jeremy Hill to chew up over 1,000 yards last season down the stretch.

Walkthru: Bengals search for a ‘masterpiece’

The Cincinnati Bengals allowed themselves some time to digest, and enjoy, their sixth straight victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon in New York. But scattered throughout the locker room – and at the podium with head coach Marvin Lewis – were consistent statements of needed improvement, and a slight sense of dissatisfaction in some areas.

Green, Bengals offense rolls with the coverages

A.J. Green caught his first pass on the first play from scrimmage Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, with 9 minutes, 12 seconds to go in the first quarter. It was for five yards, and the Cincinnati Bengals would punt three plays later.

Cincinnati Bengals in rare, good place with 6-0 start, AFC North lead

The Bengals have never been better six weeks into a season. Next comes a bye to rest and get several injured players healthy. The American Football Conference North leaders are in a very good place. A 34-21 win in Buffalo on Sunday left the Bengals one of five unbeaten teams in the NFL. Their 6-0 mark matches the best start in franchise history – they also did it in 1975 and in 1988, the last time they went to the Super Bowl.

Expect Cincinnati Bengals to Get Back to Run-First Ways After Bye Week

The Cincinnati Bengals have a reputation as a run-first team, but it's been a new-look Andy Dalton carrying the offense to 6-0 so far this season.  Expect that to change when the team comes out of its bye.

What's So Funny Andy? You're a MVP Candidate

The competition for MVP honors is always a hot topic, and heading into Week 7 of the NFL season, it's time to take a shot at who might emerge as the most valuable player. Is Devonta Freeman an MVP candidate heading into Week 7? Has Andy Dalton's ability to lead his team given him the MVP credentials he needs? Find out in the video above as Adam Lefkoe and Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Chris Simms discuss potential MVPs now the Bengals haven't played anybody?

I present this email as the back story for one of my topics on Sports Talk tonight. I received a similar email last week from another listener. What's really sad is I remember joking with someone from the Bengals earlier this year that this storyline would probably eventually make it into the conversation.

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Roethlisberger Expects To Split Practice Reps With Landry Jones

The Steelers are coming off a stunning come-from-behind 25-13 win led by third string quarterback and the latest Pittsburgh sports hero, Landry Jones.  Jones led the Steelers on four scoring drives, including two touchdowns to receiver Martavis Bryant. But, will he get a chance to make his first NFL start on Sunday in Kansas City? Roethlisberger talked about how the practice repetitions will go this week between he and Jones.

Who predicted big-play defense would carry the Pittsburgh Steelers?

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense was supposed to be the catalyst. But Le'Veon Bell knows what's up. The defense is fulfilling that role right now. "They've really been holding us in through a lot of the games," the running back said. The Steelers couldn't ask for much more from a defense that gives up yards but doesn't give up points.

Maurkice Pouncey of Pittsburgh Steelers has not had second surgery

There's hope for Maurkice Pouncey to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers this year after all. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said as much Tuesday when confirming Pouncey has not had a second surgery on his broken left fibula.

Random Bytes

Fifteen (more) ways the NFL can fine its players

We know NFL players can be fined for malicious fouls, but there's a long list of fines for uniform irregularities, unapproved shoe colors and more.

This won’t end well

Before revisiting this week’s heartbreak, I would like to take just a moment and speak directly to the Cleveland Browns: I believe I can help you. I offer my services out of love, nothing else. I do not ask for money. I do not ask for an office. I do not ask for a business card, though if you want give me some cards that would be great. You could put the Browns’ logo on there, call me a consultant or something with more pizazz — we can work out the details later.

Colts' botched fake, Golden Tate catch, more from NFL Week 6 | The MMQB with Peter King

Another look at the quizzical moments from Bears-Lions and Colts-Patriots, plus who’s up, down, in and out in the power rankings

Vikings’ Donut Club Is NFL Tradition Like No Other | The MMQB with Peter King

On Saturday mornings during the season, a group of Vikings convene in the athletic trainers’ room for a sugary, frosted tradition like no other in the NFL. Here’s the 'hole' story.